The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


Latest news
  • Coming up: ICIS 2022
    The SMILEY team likes to announce that we just started a new wave of data collection at 2 years. While we are still busy with collecting data at 8 months, the oldest SMILEY children just turned 2 and are…
  • Coming up: ICIS 2022
    This coming summer the International Congress of Infant Studies conference will take place in Ottawa, Canada. The conference theme is aimed at Developmental Cascades. In recent years, researchers have progressed their understanding of connections between behaviors, abilities and processes…
  • The GO Baby has started!
    We are happy to announce that the GO Baby study has started recruiting. In the GO Baby study (Gewoontes in de Opvoeding van Baby’s) we investigate caregiving habits of mothers with young infants through a nation-wide online survey. Besides,…
  • We’re looking for a student assistant!
    Research focus The Developmental Psychobiology Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Carolina de Weerth, investigates how early life – specifically pregnancy and the early postnatal years – influences development throughout the lifespan. Research in the DPB lab focuses on: the…